[XeTeX] tex-text and more quotes

Apostolos Syropoulos asyropoulos at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 2 13:21:05 CEST 2007

I believe these additional mappings are practically useless and here is why:
when one uses a native keyboard she should be able to get these extra characters by
pressings certain keys.  It seems to me that XeTeX provides more than enough.
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----- Original Message ----
From: Bruno Voisin <bvoisin at mac.com>
To: Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms <xetex at tug.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2007 12:37:55 PM
Subject: Re: [XeTeX] tex-text and more quotes

Le 2 août 07 à 08:46, Morten Høgholm a écrit :

> On Thu, 02 Aug 2007 07:11:45 +0200, Ross Moore <ross at ics.mq.edu.au>  
> wrote:
>> On 02/08/2007, at 4:51 AM, Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk wrote:
>>> It would useful if tex-text contained more mappings:
>>>   ,, → „ U+201E
>>>   << → « U+00AB
>>>>> → » U+00BB
>>> as in standard T1 fonts. I don’t know what else T1 fonts contain.
>> Are you sure it is related to the T1 encoding ?
>> The only mention of << and >> shorthands within the LaTeX Companion
>> is in connection with Babel, for Spanish and French.
>> This is not due to the font-encoding.
> I can confirm the existence of these ligatures. It's documented in
> usrguide.

Thanks for clearing that out. Like Ross, I was under the impression  
that << and >> were tricks introduced by the babel package for some  

The ligatures <<, >> and ,, are indeed mentioned in section 3.15 of  
usrguide.pdf. However, I think they would become easier to notice if  
they were presented in tabular form, together with the corr
ž and commands \guillemotleft, \guillemotright  
and \quotedblbase, as the standard ligatures are in section 3.14.

Trying <<, >> and ,, with Lucida fonts and the lucidabr package, I  
can confirm the ligatures work, with both T1 and LY1 encoding.

Bruno Voisin

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